The University of Florida College of Education rated No. 8 among the best U.S. undergraduate teacher education colleges in the United States, according to a new national ranking.
The 2017 survey for the top colleges nationwide was released by College Factual, a Troy, N.Y.-based education technology company. UF also ranked high in specific education sub-categories: Teacher Education and Development (No. 4) and Special Education (No. 11).
“These rankings recognize the quality of our teacher preparation programs and the faculty who – through careful curriculum design and clinical placements – prepare our students for excellence in teaching,” said Ester de Jong, director of the college’s School of Teaching and Learning.
College Factual says its rankings are based on 10 metrics, which include the percentage of students at the school who are studying a specific major, post-graduation resources, salaries of graduates, accreditation and even sports and campus lifestyles.
College Factual surveyed roughly 450 colleges of education to come up with its rankings. UF was Florida’s highest ranked education college in the survey. The latest ratings represent updates from those released last September, when College Factual rated the UF College of Education No. 9 overall in a survey published by USA Today for its annual ranking of the top U.S. universities.
The complete rankings of education colleges are available on the College Factual website.
This latest survey comes after the school finished highly in other rankings:
- On Jan. 9, U.S. News & Reports announced the College of Education’s online graduate education program ranked No. 1 in the nation for the second year in a row.
- Last March, U.S. News rated the college’s overall graduate programs No. 20 among U.S. public colleges of education. UF’s Special Education and Counselor Education programs each were rated in the top six nationally in their disciplines.